Language Variation and Change Workshop

February 21, 2020 | 3:30PM
Rosenwald 301

Elena Bashir, UChicago

Stative participles in Hazara Hindko
Elena Bashir, recently retired from the South Asian Languages and Civilizations department here at the University of Chicago, will discuss a stative participle construction in the Hindko spoken in Hazara Division in Pakistan. Hindko is the westernmost language cluster in the dialect continuum which also includes Panjabi and Saraiki. These participles were recently, serendipitously, identified in Abbottabad Hindko, and subsequent research has revealed that they are attested in several other locations in Hazara Division as well as numerous places in the western foothills of the Himalayas in India. The paper presents examples of the functions and structures in which they appear, and attempts an analysis of their origin and synchronic status. Possible grammaticization paths will also be discussed.